In Reply We thank McCaw et al for their interest in our article.1 They commented that it would be useful to combine efficacy and safety at the individual level through a composite end point. They also suggested that intermediary categories can be constructed to quantify degrees of partial response, which can create a descriptive categorical composite end point. From this approach, the result can be changed favoring intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) group with an event difference rate of 4.9%. We are very interested in this idea.
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Jung YJ, Song KY. Quantifying the Added Value of Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin to Intermittent Pneumatic Compression for Preventing Venous Thromboembolic Events Under the Risk-Benefit Perspective—Reply. JAMA Surg. Published online November 28, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4306
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